Dr. Carol Lally Shields '79
Elsa Barron '21
Striving Towards Environmental Peacebuilding
From the grassroots to the global, Barron’s drive for environmental action remains both urgent and hopeful.
Hannah O'Brien '19
Learning What the Moon has to Offer
O’Brien first began thinking about planetary geology in Dr. Clive Neal’s Planet Earth class as a sophomore.
Documenting Nature's Wonders
Dr. Christina E. Fitch
Serving Around the Globe
Trailblazing in Sports Media
Paying it Forward
Impacting Results on the Field
A Visionary in Entertainment
Notre Dame Friendships
The Moguls of MOGL
Dr. Jon Olansen
A Gateway to the Moon
Kiley Adams '17
Ensuring Equitable Access to Outdoor Spaces
In the same way that those with disabilities deserve equitable access to education, housing, and transportation, Adams believes that having access to outdoor, adaptive recreation is no different.
Connor Toohill '14
Making Well-Being Accessible for Everyone
Almost since he first stepped foot on campus, Connor Toohill ‘14 has been putting his entrepreneurial and innovative mind to work toward solving society’s most pressing issues.
Geraldine Mukumbi '16
Striving to Make Literature More Accessible to Young People
Geraldine Mukumbi ’16 left her native Zimbabwe to come to Notre Dame in search of a kind of academic freedom. Still entertaining aspirations of a “practical” future, the Hesburgh-Yusko scholar entered as a finance major. But her heart was always with the arts.
Micah Allred '22 J.D. & Nick Mohr '22 J.D.
Law Graduates Advocate for Immigration Justice
Ask Micah Allred ’22 J.D. and Nick Mohr ’22 J.D. about their work in Notre Dame Law School’s National Immigrant Justice Center Externship, and they’ll tell you two seemingly disparate things: it was ordinary and it was life-changing.
Conor Hanney '14
Promoting Inclusion in Television and Theatre
Ever since he was a high school student in Jacksonville, Florida, Conor Hanney ’14 has had two passions: television production and championing individuals with cognitive disabilities.
DeJorie Monroe '16
Alumna Pursues Passions from Fellowship to Foreign Service
In a commitment to public service, DeJorie Monroe ’16 is pursuing a career in diplomacy and international affairs as Notre Dame's first Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellow.
Emily Rupchock '20EMNA
Alumna Embraces Motherhood and Connection with Chosen Family
Working with under-resourced children and families has brought Emily Rupchock EMNA ’20 a lot of satisfaction over the years, but that wasn’t the only outcome. Her work with these communities brought another beautiful — if unexpected — gift: a daughter.
2022 Mother's Day
Postcards to Mom
Each year, the Notre Dame Alumni Association distributes free postcards for students, faculty, and staff to write and send messages to the mother figures in their lives. This year, we asked five students to write and narrate their cards on camera.
Nick Nissen, M.D. '16
Advocating for Access and Empathy in Mental Health Care
As a psychiatry resident, podcast host, ABC News medical correspondent, children's book author, and mental health advocate, Nick Nissen M.D. '16 is working to destigmatize mental health struggles and to teach emotional intelligence and empathy.
Krystal Hardy Allen ’07
Educating Beyond the Classroom
In 2017, former teacher and principal Krystal Hardy Allen ’07 founded K. Allen Consulting, an educational and management consulting firm that supports a variety of organizations in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Kelechi Ndukwe '02
Naval Commander Driven to Lead by Example
After graduating from Notre Dame’s ROTC program, Kelechi Ndukwe '02 was one of two African American officers on the ship in his first Navy posting. Now a commander, in 2021 he became the second Nigerian American to command a U.S. Navy destroyer and now serves as a mentor to younger sailors.
Jessica Pedroza ’17
Working for Equity in Education
Jessica Pedroza ’17, a 2021 Domer Dozen honoree, is working to increase equity in the U.S. education system through legislative action.
Rene Bermea '12
Improving Lives in the Clinic and the Lab
His sister's experience fighting cancer lead Dr. Rene Bermea '12 to a career in medicine. Now, the lung transplantation specialist not only treats patients, but continues to pursue research in an effort to understand and better treat interstitial lung disease.
Maria Hinson Tobin '14 M.S.
Empowering Women and Girls Around the World Through Partnership
“Whether it’s an unjust food system or healthcare system inequalities or social determinants of health, I think partnership and policy are the best ways for us to achieve the scale of change that’s actually needed for it to be felt broadly,” Maria Hinson Tobin ’14 M.S. said.
Zoe (Rote) Kourajian ’16
Teaching to Reflect the Experiences of All Students
Domer Dozen honoree Zoe (Rote) Kourajian ’16 teaches her middle school history students history through a lens that reflects their own experiences.
Lisa Herb '88
A Champion of a Generation of Afghan Women
Lisa Herb '88 founded the Alliance for International Women's Rights to support women in developing countries. Until August 2021 when the country fell back under Taliban rule, AIWR focused its efforts in Afghanistan and is now working with other groups to help Afghan women leaders flee the country for their safety.
Greg Bourke '82 M.A.
Embracing a Marriage of Faith and Identity
In living out his faith while staying true to his identity, Greg Bourke '82 M.A., author of Gay, Catholic, and American from Notre Dame Press, strives to increase representation for LGBTQ Catholics.
Tyler Greenberg ’19, Brett Segobiano ’20, & Chris Finke ’19
Maximizing the Potential of Creatives of all Abilities
Tyler Greenberg ’19, Brett Segobiano ’20, and Chris Finke ’19 marry art and entrepreneurship to empower artists of all abilities through their apparel company, Jake Max.
Tony Karrat '67
“Using the Law to Help People”
Alum devoted legal career to helping those most in need in his community.